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  DE-FOA-0002692 Converting UNF Radioisotopes into Energy SBIR/STTR (CURIE SBIR/STTR) Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) 4/14/2022 09:30 AM ET 7/21/2022 09:30 AM ET

DE-FOA-0002692: Converting UNF Radioisotopes into Energy SBIR/STTR (CURIE SBIR/STTR)

The program goal of Converting UNF Radioisotopes into Energy (CURIE) is to enable commercially viable reprocessing of used nuclear fuel (UNF) from the current light water reactor (LWR) fleet by resolving key gaps/barriers in reprocessing technologies, process monitoring, and facility design. The actinides in LWR UNF would ideally be reprocessed into feedstock that would be used to fuel advanced nuclear reactors (ARs), while other commercially valuable materials would be harvested for industrial and medical uses. Projects funded under CURIE will develop innovative separations technologies, process monitoring techniques for special nuclear material (SNM), and/or equipment designs that will significantly improve the economics and process monitoring of reprocessing technologies while dramatically reducing the volume of high-level waste (HLW) from LWR UNF requiring disposal. Specifically, CURIE is interested in separations technologies, process monitoring to enable predictive material accountancy, innovative equipment designs, and systems analyses that satisfy one or more of the global program metrics without negatively impacting other program metrics: (1) significantly (i.e., at least an order of magnitude) reduce the volume of LWR HLW requiring permanent disposal, (2) maintain disposal costs in the range of 0.1¢/kilowatt-hour (kWh), (3) provide a 1¢/kWh fuel cost for a 200 metric tons heavy metal (MTHM)/yr nth-of-a-kind (NOAK) facility, (4) enable in situ SNM process monitoring approaches that predict, within 1% uncertainty and under representative conditions, the post-process material accountancy, and (5) enable UNF separations that do not produce pure plutonium streams.


  • CURIE SBIR/STTR Full Application FOA Mod 02 (Last Updated: 6/7/2022 04:02 PM ET)

Previous Versions

  • CURIE SBIR/STTR CP FOA (Last Updated: 3/14/2022 04:39 PM ET)
  • CURIE SBIR/STTR CP FOA - Modification 01 (Last Updated: 4/11/2022 08:58 AM ET)

Application Forms and Templates

The following forms and templates may be used as part of the application submission. Note that these forms and templates do not necessarily constitute all the documents required for a complete application. Please refer to the 'Application and Submission Information' of the published announcement to learn more about the required application content requirements.

View Application Forms and Templates

Concept Paper

  • CURIE SBIR/STTR Concept Paper Template (Last Updated: 3/3/2022 05:28 PM ET)
  • Reprocessing Cost Estimator (Last Updated: 3/15/2022 09:39 AM ET)

Full Application

  • CURIE SBIR STTR Technical_Volume_Template (Last Updated: 6/7/2022 04:22 PM ET)
  • SF 424 (Last Updated: 6/7/2022 04:24 PM ET)
  • Budget Justification Workbook / SF-424A SBIR/STTR (Last Updated: 6/7/2022 04:28 PM ET)
  • Budget Justification Workbook / SF-424A Guidance SBIR/STTR (Last Updated: 6/7/2022 04:29 PM ET)
  • Summary for Public Release SBIR Template (Last Updated: 6/9/2022 12:26 PM ET)
  • CURIE SBIR FA Summary Slide Template (Last Updated: 6/7/2022 04:46 PM ET)
  • SBIR VCOC Certification (Last Updated: 6/7/2022 05:05 PM ET)
  • Business Assurances Disclosure Form - Sample (Last Updated: 6/7/2022 06:15 PM ET)
  • CURIE SBIR Business Assurances Disclosure Form (Last Updated: 6/7/2022 05:02 PM ET)
  • CURIE Reprocessing Cost Estimator (Last Updated: 6/7/2022 04:30 PM ET)
  • Replies to Reviewer Comments Template (Last Updated: 6/7/2022 04:31 PM ET)

Contact Information

    Please contact the email address above for questions regarding ARPA-E’s online application portal, ARPA-E eXCHANGE.
    Please contact the email address above for questions regarding Funding Opportunity Announcements. ARPA-E will post responses on a weekly basis to any questions that are received. ARPA-E may re-phrase questions or consolidate similar questions for administrative purposes.

Submission Deadlines

  • Concept Paper Submission Deadline: 4/14/2022 9:30 AM ET
  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 7/21/2022 9:30 AM ET
  • View Full Application Reviewer Comments Period: 8/26/2022 5:00 PM ET – 9/1/2022 5:00 PM ET